National Voices is looking to elect at least two more member trustees to join the Board of Trustees. Nominations close at the end of Thursday 10 August 2017 so I have decided to write about the attractions and duties of the role and my own motivations for getting involved.
The current vacancies are for member-elected trustees, who make up a majority of the board. A minority of the board are independently appointed Trustees, including me.
Influence the system
I applied three years ago. I had just had a couple of experiences of using the NHS for the first time in several years and was shocked at how the system did not prioritise the needs of patients, to the detriment of everyone – patients, professionals and the tax payer.
There was no easy available route to complain or do anything about it. But I saw National Voices as a way I could influence the system and improve the service not just for me, but for many others.
I see National Voices as key to bringing about change. We can really challenge and influence the system to work in the interests of patients first. Our voices are much stronger collectively, than all working as individuals, and I firmly believe that achieving that strong co-operation in the sector is important.
Goals for the next 10 years
The big question for all charities, and particularly at this time of flux in the system, is how do we best achieve impact?
We have worked hard on our ‘theory of change’, but there are many options available and not enough resources to do everything. What are the best options to take that will deliver the most impact for least cost?
As we come up to our 10th Anniversary and refreshing our strategy and goals for the next 10 years, it has never been more important to hear your voice. As an elected member trustee, you will bring to the board your knowledge of members’ ambitions and concerns. The relevance and success of National Voices for its members will significantly rely on your contribution.
Being a trustee of National Voices is a varied role.
As well as advising and agreeing strategy, you may be advising on a bid and partners for funding a particular work stream, or identifying an influencer or issue that needs to be on our radar.
As with all Boards, holding the Executive to account for delivery of the agreed plans and scrutinising the identification and management of risk is part of the duties. You may need to be phlegmatic!
There can be an ambassadorial element too. You may represent National Voices on a Board or at an event, time permitting.
To illustrate the point, in the last 12 months alone I have worked with ministers and system leaders, provided advice to national bodies, served as the patient champion on the Accelerated Access Review, and judged a series of innovation awards.
Above all, the Board is fun and positive. We are supported by a very able Executive team. Feedback shows that everyone feels able to contribute and enjoys their role.
I have personally seen the pull and influence of National Voices. We have achieved a lot in our short existence, but much much more needs to be done.
Come and join us and make a difference.
Applications for member-elected trustees close at the end of Thursday 10 August 2017. Trustee elections will open in mid August.
People working with member organisations can be no nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss the role.